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Britain votes to leave the European Union

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Britain votes to leave the European Union

Nigel Farage

(LONDON) - In a historic vote, voters in Britain voted to leave the European Union. 52% voted to leave, 48% to remain. While England and Wales voted for Brexit, Scotland, Northern Ireland and London backed staying in the EU.

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said it was the UK's "independence day". However, the Remain side said it was a "catastrophe".

Markets reacted to the result, with the pound falling to its lowest level against the dollar for 30 years.

30 million people voted in the referendum, on a turnout of 71.8%. This was the highest turnout at a UK election since 1992.

Around Europe, politicians have reacted with dismay at the result. The news was truly sobering, said the German foreign minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, and "a sad day for Europe and Great Britain".

And with euro-scepticism on the rise across the European continent, far-right parties in other European countries are now demanding their own referendums to leave the EU.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front, said the French should now have the right to choose, Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders said the Dutch should have a 'Nexit' vote, and Italy's Northern League calling for its own turn.

Prime minister David Cameron is now likely to announce his resignation.

Other consequences could now be a renewed push from Scotland - which wants to remain in the EU, for independence from the United Kingdom.

The UK has also been warned it will lose its triple a rating.


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BREXIT

Posted by LYN WICK at 24 June 2016, 11:31 CET
I told you back in February 2016 the UK people would leave the EU .The Lion has roared ,you do not push ,we may be a kitten and appear soft and cuddly but our DNA is strong and we fight injustice and dictatorship .UK could not keep funding your ideology of one country of Europe when we were fighting not to be forced to be part of it . UK is UK we are strong and will support you in trade,Trade only or no trade at all 43+ years our politicians have lied to UK People we did not intend surrendering our country to anyone.

Britain to leave the EU

Posted by Demir Arabaci at 24 June 2016, 21:02 CET

Wonderful news for Britain.
Long overdue but better than the other alternative.
Now, quickly severe the beraucratic end expensive ties
with Brussels and don't forget to kick the blood sucking, lazy, freeloader micks out of the UK, lock the dors and make sure they can not slither back in.
Also remember to erect a giant statue of Henry VIII
in every town square and every high street giving the two fingers sign turned toward vatican and it's criminals..
Way to go britain...

Britain votes to leave the European Union

Posted by UKEwan d at 29 June 2016, 08:43 CET
Britain should have to respect voters choice.

Britain votes to leave the European Union

Posted by Sujata Mondal at 29 June 2016, 11:00 CET
Not sure how this will help.. may be re-vote?

causes of Brexit.

Posted by Jessica Martin at 23 August 2016, 14:47 CET
From a purely economic point of view a possible British exit from the EU–the so called “Brexit”–would cause more economic damage for the UK than benefits. The rest of Europe would suffer from lower economic growth, too. However the economic losses they face would be much lower. These are the main results of a recent study conducted by the Ifo Institute on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung.